Meal Plan: Spring 2014 Week 9

This week’s meal plan includes lots three salads because I cannot get enough of all the amazing produce this Spring.  The weather has been so nice that it really feels like summer already.  Click here for this week’s grocery shopping list.

Spring 2014 Week 9 Rainbow Delicious

deconstructed zucchini manicotti Deconstructed Manicotti Skillet with Zucchini Noodles from Inspiralized

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients: olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, diced red onion, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper, basil, baby spinach, zucchinis, shredded mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, egg,

I doubled this recipe to serve 4 and included the doubled recipe in this week’s grocery shopping list.  I don’t have a spiralizer so I just used a mandolin to thinly slice the zucchini.  If you also don’t have a spiralizer or a mandolin you could probably use a potato peeler to make zucchini noodles or just slice the zucchini really thinly.  I don’t have a cast iron skillet so I just did all the prep work in a pan over the stove but assembled the recipe in a casserole dish and then baked it in that.  I though the flavor of this recipe was amazing and was surprised at how filling it was.  I used fresh mozzarella which made it a little soupy, but still tasted great.

  fried halloumi with fruit nuts and herbs Fried Halloumi with Fruit, Nuts and Herbs from What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: halloumi cheese, olive oil, oranges, plums, pear, sage, mint, red wine vinegar, nuts, red currants.

I definitely used this more as a guide than an exact recipe just because I was too lazy to go to the store but it turned out delicious.  I used nectarines instead of plums, left out the sage, used strawberries instead of red currants (can you even find those in the U.S.?) as a garnish and used hazelnuts. Basically this recipe is just an excuse to eat halloumi, the best cheese in the world.

summertime chopped salad with chips Summertime Chopped Salad with Chips from How Sweet Eats

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients: butter lettuce, corn, grape tomatoes, blueberries, bacon, chicken breast, avocado, feta, salt, pepper, lime juice, honey, red wine vinegar, olive oil, tortilla chips.

This is my kind of salad! I know it’s not technically summer yet but here in California it sure feels like it… I love the combination of corn, blueberries and obviously the bacon.

chicken strawberry wrap Chicken Strawberry Wraps from Muy Bueno Cookbook

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes (if you cook your own chicken instead of rotisserie) Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: spinach tortilla wraps, romaine lettuce, chicken breast (rotisserie), strawberries, avocado, red onion, sliced almonds, sugar, red wine vinegar, water, salt, olive oil.

This recipe is basically the salad below in wrap form and I think it is pretty delicious. I left almonds out of mine but besides that followed the recipe.  My sister made a gluten free version by using a giant collard green leaf instead of a tortilla. I used sautéed chicken breast instead of rotisserie and honey instead of sugar for the dressing.

strawberry watermelon chicken salad Strawberry Watermelon Chicken Salad from Reluctant Entertainer

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes (if you cook your own chicken instead of rotisserie) Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: lettuce like butter crunch, watermelon, strawberries, chicken (rotisserie), red onion, basil, pesto, honey, lime juice.

This salad has a lot of overlap in ingredients with the wraps above but I just can’t enough of the strawberry and chicken combo lately.  The recipe calls for rotisserie chicken but I used sautéed some chicken breast instead.

Last week’s meal plan: Spring 2014 Week 8 Meal Plan

Two weeks ago: Spring 2014 Week 7

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